20th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference Next Weekend
Meteorologists Will Once Again Gather in Portland to Forecast Upcoming Winter Weather
Spread the word! The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) will host the 20th annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference next Saturday, November 17th at 10 AM. Meteorologists from across the Pacific Northwest will once again descend on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland to give their prognostications for the upcoming winter. Will El Nino arrive, bringing with it warmer and drier weather or will it remain at bay for what could be a “wild-weather-ride” this winter? Don’t miss out on this ever-popular free, public meeting. A $300 Davis home weather station will also be raffled off to one lucky winner. Media outlets are once again encouraged to advance and cover this annual event as they have for many years. For all the formal meeting details, please see below or click: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/
Formal Conference Rundown
What: 20th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference
When: Saturday, November 17th 2012 @ 10 AM.
Where: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), main auditorium, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland. For driving directions to OMSI click: http://tinyurl.com/6rrz8em.
Meeting and parking cost: This meeting is free and open to all ages of the general public. Free parking in all OMSI parking lots.
Overnight Accommodations: For overnight accommodations in Portland, please see: http://tinyurl.com/7boqrsf
Agenda: Meteorologists from across the Pacific Northwest will once again give their prognostications for the upcoming winter, as well as a look back at last winter.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Steve Pierce, Oregon AMS President
Jim Todd, OMSI Planetarium Manager
Review of 2011-2012 Weather
Mark Nelsen, Chief Meteorologist – KPTV/KPDX
2012/13 Winter Weather Forecasts
Clinton Rockey – National Weather Service Portland
Kyle Dittmer, Hydrologist/Meteorologist – CRITFC
George Taylor, Climatologist/Meteorologist – Applied Climate Services
Jim Little, Meteorologist – Oregon Department of Forestry
Jesse Nicola – Mount Hood Ski Bowl
“Using NOAA XML data to design a ski resort forecast”
Audience Question/Answer Session with Forecasters
Raffle – $300 Davis Home Weather Station & More
Please note — OMSI’s main auditorium will hold approximately 300 guests. Please arrive early in order to be assured a seat. Once standing room capacity has been met, the only additional viewing area will be from the hallway outside.
Who is the Oregon AMS? The Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) was founded in 1947 and is the single largest local chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in the country, with 170 members. The national headquarters of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has approximately 130 active local chapters across the country. The Oregon AMS chapter normally hosts eight monthly meetings from September to June that are free and open to all ages of the general public. The Oregon AMS welcomes the public to become chapter members for just $10 per year. The Oregon AMS chapter mission statement reads, “The purpose of this society shall be to advance professional ideals in the science of meteorology and to promote the development, exchange, and application of meteorological knowledge.” Our meetings are always found on our web site: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon
Steve Pierce, President
Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)